Spotlight on Accessibility: The Detroit Zoo

The Detroit Zoo, located in Royal Oak, Michigan, is home to more than 2,000 animals, representing 230 different species. The Detroit Zoological Society, the group that operates the zoo, is a leader in wildlife conservation, animal welfare, humane education, and environmental sustainability. Beyond such achievements, the Detroit Zoo stands out in the crowd for its…

Resources for Siblings of Children with Disabilities

Many parents find it challenging to balance the care and attention they give to each child, but this can be especially difficult when one child has a disability and another does not. Caring for a child with a disability can be so all-consuming that parents often worry their other children are falling by the wayside….

AbleGamers: breaking down barriers for people with disabilities

When people outside of the disability community think of “accessibility,” they may picture wheelchair ramps, large bathroom stalls, or designated parking spaces. However, these are just some very basic aspects of accessibility: it really goes far beyond the entrance and use of public places. Even in virtual worlds, accessibility is important. Mark Barlet, a veteran…

Beautiful Me

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending Beautiful Me, a fashion show for adaptive clothing sponsored by Easterseals and the Miracle League of Michigan. The show was intended to model adaptive clothing for children and young adults with disabilities who may have difficulty getting dressed or undressed, or may need specific types of fabric…

Year in Review: Disability News in 2018

Related Reading Timeline Of Disability Rights In The U.S. U.S. Disability Rights Advances and Setbacks: 2017 Year in Review Sexual Abuse of People with Intellectual Disabilities Involuntary Sterilization Of Disabled Americans: An Historical Overview Michigan Is The Only State That Needs Intervention In Special Education, According To Recent Federal Report Sources: Feds: Students With Disabilities…

Involuntary Sterilization of Disabled Americans: An Historical Overview

Thousands of Americans with disabilities have undergone sterilization procedures without providing informed consent. Beginning in the early 1900s, supporters of the eugenics movement sought to sterilize those with cognitive impairments in order to “cleanse” the human gene pool of “undesirable” traits. This was sanctioned by many state governments, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court…

Timeline of Disability Rights in the U.S.

Learn about some major changes to disability rights in the United States. Please note that this list is FAR from complete; rather, it is just meant to give our readers a brief overview of legislative changes that have impacted people with disabilities. If you think we left out an especially important event, please let us…

Attending College with a Disability

There are a range of campus and university services available to students with disabilities who attend college. Learn more about what they are, how to access them, and more here. What to expect Most colleges and universities have disability service offices and accommodations in place for students with disabilities. However, higher education institutions aren’t required…